The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

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One Month Challenge Bounty from Adam Christopher Quirk on Thu, Oct 28
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For the first time in the many times I’ve done the Artist’s Way, I am doing my Morning Pages daily. I’m in week 8 and have only missed one day. It wouldn’t be possible without 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Wed, Oct 27
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An iPhone/iPad app

Offline access

New Feature Vote from Alex Shchedrin on Wed, Oct 27
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Show up and keep writing! I missed one day in September—technical difficulties— the worse kind of miss. And here I am just days away from a turquoise horse. When I mention this to non-750ers eyes just roll. Well, THEY don’t know what they’re missing!
giddy up! Donna-Grace

One Month Challenge Bounty from Donna Grace Noyes on Tue, Oct 26
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How is the top 100 list figured?

An explanation of how the top 100 list is computed in a FAQ somewhere on the site.

New Feature Request Note from Kellie Miller on Tue, Oct 26
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I can’t imagine a day without my morning words. Actually, I can but it is a very unpleasant thought :-).

Double Down on Charity Note from Kellie Miller on Tue, Oct 26
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Double Down on Charity Note from Phil Oakes on Mon, Oct 25
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I’m loving this site. Keep writing, people!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rocky Nguyen on Mon, Oct 25
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My most recent pleasant surprise on 750words was seeing the incredibly awesome new pterodactyl appear in my list of badges. That wasn’t the first grin-inducing little thrill, and I know it won’t be the last. This site keeps me writing – silly little motivators, analysis of my moods and word frequencies, and just plain being there up and running (despite all kinds of technical issues) all contribute to it. I’ve been reluctant to comment on the magic, lest somehow it fade. I’m confident now – what pterodactyl isn’t confident? This is a fantastic thing here. Thank you, so much, Buster. NaNoWriMo, here I come.

Testimonial Note from Cislyn Smith on Mon, Oct 25
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After several months of writing, I finally earned my first Phoenix this week! The little confidence boost remains much appreciated!

Now,.on to the flying dinosaur! (Thanks a lot!)

Testimonial Note from Dominique Cordero on Mon, Oct 25
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Why are there so many flaming albatrosses?

Testimonial Note from Thor McCready on Mon, Oct 25
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I feel better every day after completing my words. I have tried to keep up with morning pages for years and I never did, but 750words hits exactly the right spot to keep me in the habit.

Testimonial Note from Calvin Spealman on Sun, Oct 24
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Extended 'inactivity' before needing a new password - when 'writing a note of inspiration'

Last night, and this has happened before, I was writing a note of inspiration. I was very pleased with it – contents and composure – and just I was about to hit send, the box disappeared and my secret word was demanded. Secret word accepted, the box had disappeared and all my words were lost.

My god, I was gutted. I literally could not be bothered to re-write it – as I have before.

Buster, please can you tinker with the code – so that when you’re writing in the boxes you aren’t interrupted for your secret word, and then lose all your writing?

It’s incredibly frustrating :( I’ve decided to use my cups this month requesting this new feature, rather than encouraging others to go for in for NaNoWriMo.

(Aside, I was saying that I think that 750words is such a prime space for working on NaNoWriMo – and just marvellous in general).

I’d better go before this all gets wiped too..!


New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Sun, Oct 24
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Double Down on Charity Note from Michelle Clarke on Sun, Oct 24
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This has been a very challenging year for me as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. I have endured 4 surgeries, last one a mastectomy. I found this site around the beginning of the month. I really like the nice “safe” place I can write whatever is on my mind. It helps me to get focused and stay focused. I have signed up for the November challenge and I will be participating in NaNoWriMo (again) this year as well. Thank you Buster, I love the site it has helped more people in more ways than you will ever know.

Testimonial Note from Michelle Clarke on Sun, Oct 24
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Improve the daily reminder email

I’m not 100% sure this isn’t already implemented, but the other day, I’m fairly certain that I wrote my note, and then received the e-mail anyway. Would it be possible to disable the e-mail if you’re ahead of the game and have already written your 750 words? Because otherwise it’s redundant. Then again, I may be mysteriously imagining the whole thing.

New Feature Vote from Leah Felicity Lucci on Sat, Oct 23
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On my third month. Love it. Wish I could get back the two days I missed. A testament to two busy days that I couldn’t get beyond.

Testimonial Note from Thom Mak on Sat, Oct 23
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Improve the patronage features
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 23
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Double Down on Charity Note from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 23
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Anonymous on Sat, Oct 23
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This is, hands down, the most useful tool/site I’ve found in years. I can’t say enough about how basically giving us all permission to skip the pen and paper and hit the keys has liberated my thinking about daily writing. Kudos to having the brilliance to create such an elegant, simple site. A flawless design, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your genius with the world!

Testimonial Note from Heather Wood on Sat, Oct 23
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Since I discovered this site at the beginning of October, I’ve been using it to prep for National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. I thought if I got into the habit of writing daily early, I wouldn’t struggle so much with meeting the 1,667 word goal this year as I did last year. 750 words is 45% of the NaNoWriMo daily word goal, but I’ve been writing between 800 and 1,000 words daily (except for this past week). I’ve reached the 750 words in less than 20minutes making me think that it won’t take me that long, maybe 20 minutes to 30 minutes, to get out the 1,667 words to be on track. The important thing, however, is that I get into the habit of writing whatever is on my mind without stopping much. 750words has helped me achieve this goal and I’m happy to say that I’ll be using the website to making my word count goals for NaNoWriMo :3

Testimonial Note from Andy Baumann on Fri, Oct 22
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750 words is awesome! I’m almost half way to Phoenix! Only ten days away from completing the month’s challenge. . .I’m inspired my my own commitment rather than someone else’s, for a change.

Testimonial Note from Donna Grace Noyes on Fri, Oct 22
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I am so happy! 100 days ago I started with 750words to get myself a little bit in a writing mood. I could never imagine that I would do that for 100 days. Although I never saw myself as a writer I am now going to sign up for NaNoWriMo! Who would have thought that? Not me!

Reaching my 100 days I was already trying out the Pro version of Penzu to move to Penzu after my 100 days. Penzu has a lot more features for writing and sharing. However reaching the 100 days I am now afraid that I will lose interest, because Penzu is missing the great encouragements of 750words: points, counters and badges. And with the new Pterodactyl in sight together with NaNoWriMo I decided to stick with 750words!

Thanks Buster!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Fri, Oct 22
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I was just thinking this morning about what a difference this writing habit has made for me. I always thought of myself as a writer who did not write, but that is no longer the case. I have to say that the badges and the email and the stats all motivate me to keep going, and that the streak REALLY motivates me. I was traveling two weeks ago by train for several days, and thought through thoroughly the logistics to be sure I could be someone each day to ensure my streak stayed alive.

Thanks for this site/ BTW, it was a nice surprise this morning to see a shiny new pterodactyl in the reminder email.

Testimonial Note from David Schwartz on Fri, Oct 22
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More badges for accomplishments

Thanks for the Pterodactyl! Now, MORE! grin

New Feature Vote from Laura Gjovaag on Thu, Oct 21
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In 21 days, I’ve written 17,367 words. I used to be so slow; it used to take me weeks to even write 5000! So thank you, 750words. If a fruit baskets would help you defray your server costs, I would send you one.

Testimonial Note from Samantha Wheeler on Thu, Oct 21
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Write on!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Thu, Oct 21
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Proper citation

This is a rehash of my first note, where I suggested it would be polite and professional to use Julia Cameron’s name on that first page (before the login screen) which explains the source of 750 Words. Since her book The Artist’s Way is the direct inspiration for 750 Words, it seems very strange to mention the book’s title without the author’s name. After all, we are all writers here, so let’s not ignore a writer who has indirectly helped every writer here!

I would also like to repeat that I think that the last sentence in the paragraph about The Artist’s Way comes across as rather rude. I think it could be changed very easily—it’s only a few words, not 750!

I know that Buster Benson is a busy person but I also like to think that he values professionalism, especially on the introductory page of a website which everyone will see! I feel a little embarrassed, as a otherwise satisfied user of 750 Words, to see this paragraph unchanged in the weeks since my suggestion. I am not aware of there being anything controversial about this idea, and I can’t imagine that it would take very long to implement.

(Again, I am not associated in any way with Julia Cameron; I just like politeness.)

New Feature Request Note from Anonymous on Thu, Oct 21
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Life’s just better with 750 words. I thought, today, for the first time in a long time, about what would happen if I chose to take a break.

And it’ll happen at some point — deliberately, I hope — but it’s not time yet.

It gives me a chance to be excited, to be angry, to be inappropriate, to be incoherent, to confess and hate and love and memoralize the little day-to-day disasters and victories, and not need to hold anything back. For an obsessive proofreader who tends to hold things in, this is gold.


Testimonial Note from Liene Verzemnieks on Thu, Oct 21